Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Ergonomics Foe Wins Close Vote. (OSHA)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Ergonomics Foe Wins Close Vote. (OSHA)

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A Senate panel approved the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be the Department of Labor's (DOL) top lawyer and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.

The vote of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was close (11-10), with the nominee's ultimate success on the Senate floor far from certain.

Scalia, a Washington labor lawyer who is the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been nominated to be DOL's solicitor, where he would provide legal advice on enforcement of labor laws, including job safety rules, as well as guidance on rulemaking and other policy issues. It's the third most powerful job at DOL, according to attorney Stephen Yohay of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.

AFL-CIO has made defeat of the Scalia nomination one of its top legislative priorities. When the union sent a letter to senators opposing the nomination last month, it was signed not by a union underling, as is usually the case, but by President John Sweeney. …

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